National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee to Reach 13 Million Listeners in New Awareness Campaign

Ads on the nationally syndicated “Sean Hannity Show” will encourage grassroots conservatives to clamor for Dr. Carson to run for the 2016 presidential nomination.

Merrifield, Va.—April 2, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee today announced a new awareness campaign to enlist more grassroots conservatives in its effort to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The 30-second and 60-second radio ads will air during the nationally syndicated “Sean Hannity Show” for four weeks beginning April 7.

“The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee will not rest until we’ve reached every grassroots conservative with the message that Dr. Ben Carson is our nation’s best hope for restoring financial and moral sanity to the White House,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “Dr. Carson has said it would be ‘un-American’ for him not to pay attention if the American people are clamoring for him to run. Hundreds of thousands have already signed petitions asking Dr. Carson to run, and this new awareness effort will reach millions more who will no doubt want to join the clamoring.”

The campaign includes two 30-second ads and two 60-second ads that highlight the importance of convincing Dr. Carson to enter the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. One 30-second ad and one 60-second ad will air every weekday from April 7 through May 2. Hannity’s radio program is nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks and reaches an estimated 13.25 million listeners every week. The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee ads were financed by their loyal supporters through a special fundraising campaign.

“Dr. Carson is one of the top three potential candidates for 2016 in large part because of the work the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is doing,” said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the Committee. “Participation in the Committee’s efforts and Dr. Carson’s showings in numerous polls illustrate the growing wave of support for his candidacy, and the ads airing on ‘The Sean Hannity Show’ will bring more supporters into the fold.”

Dr. Carson recently finished third in two Republican presidential straw polls, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference (NRLC). In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. And 77 percent of respondents to a recent poll of Tea Party activists said they support Dr. Carson.

In its first six months in operation, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee raised $2,837,401 – more than double the funds raised in the first six months of the Draft Hillary effort. Nearly 47,000 individuals contributed to the campaign between August 21, 2013 and February 22, 2014. The average contribution amount was $45, with many donors contributing more than once.

About the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It was founded in August 2013 by John Philip Sousa IV and Vernon Robinson, and works to raise awareness of Dr. Carson’s qualifications and to engage grassroots conservative activists in clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for president. For more information visit www.runbenrun.org. Follow the effort on Twitter @DraftRunBenRun and Facebook.

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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Urges Millennials to Reject Obamacare Coverage Mandate

Dr. Carson’s supporters should sign his petition to Save Our Healthcare

Merrifield, Va.—March 27, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, today urged supporters to stand up against Obamacare by ignoring the March 31 enrollment deadline and supporting Dr. Carson’s efforts to repeal the law through the American Legacy PAC’s Save Our Healthcare Project.

In a March 24 email to members, National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Chairman John Philip Sousa IV praised Dr. Carson’s efforts to end Obamacare and urged those who would like to see him run for president to sign the American Legacy PAC’s Save Our Healthcare Project petition. Though the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee and American Legacy PAC are not affiliated, both organizations recognize the important role Dr. Carson can play in saving the U.S. healthcare system.

“Dr. Carson’s chairmanship of the Save Our Healthcare Project is a clear move into the political arena, and his efforts to end Obamacare position him as a national leader in the most important policy fight of this generation,” Sousa said. “Supporters of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee know the best place for him to affect this change will be the White House in 2016, but we can also help him now by encouraging every American to sign American Legacy PAC’s petition to Save Our Healthcare.”

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is also urging its supporters to stand up against Obamacare by refusing to enroll by the enrollment deadline of March 31, 2014.

“Opponents of Obamacare, especially Millennials who have the most to lose under its crushing weight, should not sign up for overpriced insurance,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “Instead, they should consult with a tax professional to ensure their withholdings are set appropriately so the IRS can’t garnish their refund to pay the penalty for not enrolling.”

Under Obamacare, the IRS will collect fines for non-enrollment by subtracting the fine amount from any tax refund that you may be due. Therefore, for any year that you do not receive a refund, the IRS cannot collect fines.

“There are numerous ways to ensure that you keep more money from every paycheck during the year,” Robinson said. “We’re encouraging our Millennial supporters to consult a tax advisor or CPA who can direct them on the best way to protect themselves from the Obamacare noncompliance penalty.”

Disclaimer: Nothing in this communication should be construed as providing tax or legal advice. Before estimating your taxes owed or decreasing your tax withholdings, you should get advice from competent legal or tax professionals.

About the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. It was founded in August 2013 by John Philip Sousa IV and Vernon Robinson, and works to raise awareness of Dr. Carson’s qualifications and to engage grassroots conservative activists in clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for president. For more information visit www.runbenrun.org. Follow the effort on Twitter @DraftRunBenRun and Facebook

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Dr. Ben Carson Lands Top Position in New Hampshire Poll for Republican Presidential Nomination

Yet another survey shows the American grassroots are clamoring for Dr. Carson to run for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Merrifield, Va.—March 17, 2014—The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is proud to announce that Dr. Carson made a strong showing in a survey of attendees at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference (NRLC) in New Hampshire, held March 14 – 15 in Nashua, N.H.

“Dr. Ben Carson will run for president if the American people are clamoring, and the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference poll is just the latest in a long line of surveys showing that the people are clamoring,” said Vernon Robinson, the Committee’s campaign director. “Dr. Carson is a committed statesman and a true conservative, and his strong showing in poll after poll is a clear sign that the grassroots are clamoring for him to bring principled, constitutional leadership back to the White House in 2016.”

The survey was conducted by WPA Opinion Research and included 223 NRLC attendees. Dr. Carson finished strong in third place with 11.1 percent of the vote, less than 4 points behind Sen. Rand Paul, who finished first with 14.7 percent. And although Carson was speaking at an event in Montana he beat Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (8.8 percent) and Ambassador John Bolton (2.8 percent), both speakers at NRLC. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finished second with 12.9 percent. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) also earned 11.1 percent of the vote.

New Hampshire is a key state for the early presidential primaries, and holds the first full primary vote in the nation. Only 29 percent of the conference attendees surveyed said they identify with the Tea Party. The majority of the crowd was establishment Republicans, showing Dr. Carson’s broad appeal. Dr. Carson’s strong showing in the NRLC survey comes close on the heels of a strong finish in the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier in the month, where he took 9 percent of the vote. In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. And 77 percent of respondents to a recent poll of Tea Party activists said they support Dr. Carson.

“Dr. Carson’s strong showings in Iowa, at CPAC and now in New Hampshire clearly show his appeal among a broad cross-section of conservative voters,” said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. “The American people are clamoring for him to run for the Republican nomination, and we will work harder than ever to enlist grassroots America to stand with Dr. Carson and bring principled leadership back to Washington.”

In its first six months in operation, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee raised $2,837,401 – more than double the funds raised in the first six months of the Draft Hillary effort. Nearly 47,000 individuals contributed to the campaign in its first six months in operation between August 21, 2013 and February 22, 2014. The average contribution amount is $45, with many donors contributing more than once.

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Dr. Ben Carson Finishes Strong in 2014 Presidential Straw Poll

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is proud to announce that Dr. Carson made a strong showing in the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) presidential straw poll, coming in third place in a crowded field of 26 contenders.

"Dr. Ben Carson has said he will run for the Republican nomination if the American people are clamoring for him, and the results of this straw poll are unmistakable," said Vernon Robinson, the Committee's campaign director. "Dr. Carson is the best hope for America, and his strong showing in the straw poll clearly shows that the grassroots are clamoring for him to bring principled, constitutional leadership back to the White House in 2016."

This year's CPAC straw poll included 26 potential candidates for the Republican nomination, more than any in recent years. The poll included well-known contenders such as Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) and former Gov. Sarah Palin (Alaska). Other names in the poll included Donald Trump, Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and John Thune (S.D.), and former Gov. Bob McDonnell (Va.).

The annual CPAC straw poll is an early predictor of grassroots support, and it gives a clear idea of what conservatives will be looking for in the next election cycle. In the poll's 41-year history, winners have included Ronald Reagan (1976 and 1980), Mitt Romney (2008) and Ron Paul (2012). Dr. Carson took 4 percent of the vote in the 2013 poll. His jump to 9 percent of the vote this year shows that efforts to bring his qualifications to public attention are working, and the American people are clamoring for his principled leadership.

Dr. Carson's strong showing in the straw poll clearly shows that the American people are clamoring for him to run. In its first six months in operation, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee raised $2,837,401 – more than double the funds raised in the first six months of the Draft Hillary effort.

Nearly 47,000 individuals contributed to the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee in its first six months in operation between August 21, 2013 and February 22, 2014. The average contribution amount is $45, with many donors contributing more than once. In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. And 77 percent of respondents to a poll of Tea Party activists said they support Dr. Carson.

"Dr. Carson's straw poll showing is highly encouraging, and a clear sign that the American people are clamoring for him to run for the Republican nomination," said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. "We must redouble our efforts going forward to enlist grassroots America to stand with Dr. Carson and bring principled leadership back to Washington."

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National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Raises $2.8 Million in First Six Months

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a political action committee formed to draft Dr. Ben Carson into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, raised $2,837,401 in its first six months of activity, the committee announced today.

"Dr. Carson has said he will consider running for president if the American people are clamoring, and the tremendous outpouring of donations shows that the people are indeed clamoring," said Vernon Robinson, the Committee's campaign director. "Hundreds of thousands have signed the petition asking him to run, donated to the grassroots effort and volunteered their time to represent the Committee at events around the country."

Nearly 47,000 individuals contributed to the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee in its first six months in operation between August 21, 2013 and February 22, 2014. The average contribution amount is $45, with many donors contributing more than once. The Committee reinvests the funds in projects to raise awareness of Dr. Carson's qualifications and lay the groundwork for a national grassroots support network for his candidacy.

The Committee's fundraising efforts are outpacing similar efforts designed to draft other high-profile candidates into the 2016 presidential race. A political action committee encouraging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to enter the race for the Democratic nomination raised approximately $1.3 million in its first six months of operation, and roughly $2.75 million in its second six-month span.

The Committee delivers roughly 4,000 petitions to Dr. Carson each week from Americans who want him to run. In addition to petition signatures and financial support, over 7,100 Americans have volunteered across the nation to represent the Committee at GOP and Tea Party events and encouraged their friends and neighbors to join the movement and clamor for Dr. Carson.

In January, Dr. Carson overwhelmingly won the Linn County, Iowa, midterm caucus straw poll with 87 percent of the votes. And in a recent poll of thousands of Tea Party activists, 77 percent of respondents said they support Dr. Carson. Dr. Carson will be a candidate on the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll March 6-8 in Washington, D.C., where the Committee will be on site educating attendees about Dr. Carson and encouraging them to clamor for him to run.

"Grassroots conservatives are drawn to Dr. Carson because they know he is the only candidate capable of healing our land and uniting our country to overcome the crises created by recent administrations," Robinson said. "Our ranks continue to swell as more and more conservatives realize that Ben Carson is the one candidate we can trust with our votes in 2016."

Ben Carson is a political outsider with the background, experience, leadership and vision to heal the bitter divides in American politics and set our nation on the path to prosperity. As a former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and one of the most respected brain surgeons in the world, he has the leadership skills required to lead the country. Dr. Carson is a great communicator and man of character who embraces the Founding Fathers' vision for America to be built on principles of freedom, liberty and personal responsibility.

"The first six months of our campaign to draft Dr. Carson have been a great success," said John Philip Sousa IV, national chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, "but the next six months will be even more important. Now is the time for other conservatives to join this movement and clamor for Dr. Carson to run by signing the petition, speaking out with the Committee's Clamor Kits, and supporting their fellow activists."

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Carson Wins First in the Nation Straw Poll

Linn County, Iowa – Dr. Benjamin Carson, Chairman Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins' Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Obama critic, won the Linn County, Iowa midterm caucus straw poll by an impressive margin:

- Dr. Benjamin Carson 87%
- Governor Scott Walker 6%
- Mike Huckabee 3%
- Governor Rick Perry and Rand Paul tied just below 2%

"The House and Senate candidates did a great job but tonight's winner was the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee and its director Vernon Robinson," said Linn County GOP Treasurer, Jim Conklin.

Linn County held a single venue caucus and had the highest attendance in one location of Iowa's 99 counties.

For the first time in midterm caucus history, Draft Carson supporters made their presence known across Iowa asking their neighbors to sign the Draft Ben Carson petition two years in advance of the first in the nation 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee Campaign Director Vernon Robinson said, "This Carson victory is evidence of Iowa sending a clear message to the failed GOP leadership in Washington that cronyism, capitulation, and collapse are not acceptable and America deserves better. America deserves commonsense solutions backed by humility and intellect calmly communicated to the American people. The Republican activists in the heart of the America are clamoring for Dr. Benjamin Carson to run for President of the United States."

In five months, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised $1.76 million from 33,000 donors with an average of $53, gained 93,000 active supporters and 4900 active volunteers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, US territories, and Americans abroad.

Interested citizens will find more information at www.RunBenRun.org

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Sandra Heckman of South Carolina Wins Dinner with Dr. Benjamin Carson Contest

Sandra Heckman, a realtor from Tega Cay, South Carolina, was randomly selected from the 2664 entrants to the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee's “Have Dinner with Dr. Benjamin Carson” contest.  She and her husband Robert won airfare for two, a night at the Arizona Biltmore and a seat at the dinner table with Dr. Carson at a charitable fundraising dinner being held at the Arizona Biltmore on January 28.

"From the first moment I heard Dr. Carson speak (long before a Presidential draft was ever mentioned), I turned to my husband and said, 'This is the man we need for President.' His life experience and successes, his honesty... radiates from the heart versus the typical politician who radiates from self. I am more than honored having the opportunity to dine with such a humble man of God who genuinely puts the welfare of others first," said Mrs. Heckman.

"We are almost as excited as the Heckmans. The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee could not have a more enthusiastic advocate for the effort to draft Dr. Carson than Sandra Heckman," said National Chairman John Philip Sousa, IV.

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is a Super PAC that operates in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Americans abroad.  The Committee believes the Dr. Carson is the only potential candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton, is the most effective spokesman for common sense policy solutions consistent with American Exceptionalism, and is the only person in either party who can unify the nation after the most divisive White House in American history.

For further information on the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee please write John Philip Sousa IV at Post Office Box 1376, Merrifield, Virginia  22116-1376 or e-mail him at chairman@runbenrun.org.

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Carson for President Billboards Go Up In Iowa and in Baltimore

John Philip Sousa IV, National Chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee announced today that “electronic billboard advertisements have launched in Des Moines, Iowa and in the greater Baltimore area, where Dr. Ben Carson lives and works.  These electronic billboards display 58,056 ads each week in Iowa and 74,312 in Baltimore.  Although the Baltimore billboards are currently down, thanks to generous support of Americans across the nation, they will display again next week.”

The purpose of the billboards in Iowa is to encourage those attending January 21 mid-term caucuses to join the more than 200,000 Americans who have signed the petition urging Dr. Carson to run for President in 2016. 

The billboards carry several messages including: “To Heal Our Country,” “Sick of Politics as Usual,” “Get America out of the ICU,” and “America Needs Strong Medicine, along with the tagline “Dr. Ben Carson for President 2016.”

Dr. Carson has been asked numerous times if he will be a candidate for President in 2016.  On each occasion, he has said that he is “not ruling it out.”  On December 27, Ben Carson was interviewed by Bob Just who was serving as a guest host on the Sean Hannity Radio Show.  When Mr. Just asked Dr. Carson if he was going to run for President, Carson responded…

“If the circumstances were to evolve in such a way that that [running for President] seemed to be what God was calling me to do, I would certainly do it.  And, I would never turn my back on my fellow citizens, if there was a hue and cry for such.”

Again, on January 7, 2014, in an interview by Newsmax reporter Bill Hoffman, Dr.

Carson re-affirmed that he will run if people continue to “clamor” for him to do so and if he feels that God is calling him to run for President.

Although Dr. Carson has been viciously attacked by the left for expressing views that are contrary to those acceptable by the liberal establishment, he has not been intimidated.  In fact, he continues a busy schedule of speaking at public gatherings from coast-to-coast, similar to what potential candidates for President have done prior to announcing their candidacy.  He has recently announced that his weekly column, appearing in The Washington Times, will now be carried by more than 200 newspapers across the United States.

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee believes there are five reasons why Dr. Ben Carson is the right choice as the Republican nominee for President in 2016…

  1.     Sure Winner.  Dr. Ben Carson is a sure winner because his appeal cuts across all ethnic, racial, geographic, age, sex and economic lines.  He is a national hero who is respected by all Americans.
  2.    Great Communicator.  Like Ronald Reagan, Dr. Carson is blessed with the unique, God-given ability to explain complex issues in simple, logical terms that everyone can understand.
  3.    Healer.  Dr. Carson has been a healer his entire adult life.  Instead of dividing Americans into groups as the current President strives to do, President Carson will unite us as one people who share the blessings of being citizens of the United States of America.
  4.    Citizen Statesman.  Dr. Carson is not part of the Washington, D.C. crowd, Democrats and Republicans, that has brought this nation to the brink of bankruptcy, and continues its out-of-control spending habits.  He is a citizen statesman, the kind of leader envisioned by America’s Founders.
  5.    Trustworthy.  Dr. Ben Carson is not a politician, like Ronald Reagan, he is a principled conservative who is totally committed to the United States Constitution.  He can be trusted to say what he means and do what he says.

For further information on the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee please write John Philip Sousa IV at Post Office Box 1376, Merrifield, Virginia  22116-1376 or e-mail him at chairman@runbenrun.org.

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Dr. Ben Carson Reaffirms Position on Running for President—Door is Still Open

In an interview today (January 8, 2014) with NewsMax reporter, Bill Hoffmann, Dr. Ben Carson re-affirmed his position on running for President.  This is what he said:

“If the circumstances presented themselves in such a way that there were a lot of people clamoring for me to do that, and there was no other candidate that was really receiving a lot of traction, I would certainly have to give it consideration.”

This response to Mr. Hoffman’s question as to whether he would consider running for President of the United States was virtually identical to what he said to a similar question posed nearly ten months prior by New York Times reporter, Trip Gabriel, on March 20, 2013.  Carson said:

“Certainly if a year and a half went by and there was no one on the scene and people are still clamoring, I would have to take that into consideration.  I would never turn my back on my fellow citizens.”

Shortly after that, Dr. Carson responded to the same question asked by Greta Van Susteren of Fox News, saying of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee that he won’t “interfere one way or another” with the petition to draft him, and “I believe God will make it clear to me if that's something I'm supposed to do.”

Like many eventual candidates for President, Dr. Carson is waiting for a groundswell of support for his incipient candidacy.  His hero of the American Revolution, Dr. Benjamin Rush said of running for office:

“He must love private life, but he must decline no station [office] …when called to it by the suffrages [votes] of his fellow citizens."

Clearly, Dr. Carson is following the advice of Dr. Benjamin Rush.  He does not see public office as something to be coveted, but rather a high duty to which he must be called by his fellow citizens.

John Philip Sousa IV, Chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee said, “With this reaffirmation by Dr. Carson that he will run only if the American people are clamoring for him to do so, I am determined to redouble our efforts to draft this humble, dedicated American as the Republican nominee for President in 2016.”

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Ben Carson Draft Effort Proceeding Full Speed Ahead!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 16, 2013

For more information contact: John Philip Sousa, IV 860-604-7300

According to John Philip Sousa IV, National Chairman of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, “Apparently there has been some confusion in regard to a story about the Committee and its relationship with Dr. Ben Carson.  The truth is, nothing has changed whatsoever.  Dr. Carson stands by his earlier statement on FOX News to Greta Van Susteren that he will not “interfere one way or another” with the efforts of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. 

Earlier this year, Dr. Carson was asked by New York Times reporter, Trip Gabriel, if he was going to run for President.  This was Dr. Carson’s response…

“Certainly if a year and a half went by and there was no one on the scene and people are still clamouring, I would have to take that into consideration. I would never turn my back on my fellow citizens.”

Like George Washington, Ben Carson seeks to hear the American people call him to this high office.  Appropriately, Dr. Carson has not disavowed the work of the Committee, nor has he endorsed the work of the Draft Committee.  And, on no occasion has Dr. Carson said that he will rule out running for President. 

The Committee does not seek Dr. Carson’s endorsement or approval, but rather seeks to do just two things…

  1.      Convince Dr. Ben Carson to run for President of the United States by generating millions of “clamorings” from across America.  We believe Dr. Carson is the only candidate who can win in 2016, the only candidate who will heal and unite America, and that he is a proven problem solver who will follow the United States Constitution.
  2.     Create an unmatched, technology driven, nationwide grassroots organization that will lay the groundwork for winning both the Republican nomination and the White House in 2016.”

“By law a draft committee cannot be officially affiliated with the candidate, especially not a super PAC.  The Carson Draft Committee is not officially affiliated with Dr. Ben Carson, just as the Hillary for President draft committee is not affiliated with Hillary Clinton.  Nevertheless, the work that this Committee is doing is absolutely critical to a Ben Carson victory in 2016.”

“Without this Committee, there will be no grassroots organization similar to the one established by the Barack Obama team that worked for more than three years to win the 2012 election.  Today, presidential electoral politics is not like it was just a few short years ago.  At that time a candidate for President could decide to run in the election year and have a genuine chance of success.  That is no longer true today as the past two elections cycles have proven.  If a candidate for President is not building an organization, recruiting volunteers, raising money, and establishing a solid high tech organization well in advance of the first primary, it is a losing effort.

For example, Collision 2012 by Dan Baltz describes the situation in Ohio in 2012. 

“The gap between the Obama and Romney operations crystallized in the key battleground state of Ohio in the closing weeks of the general election campaign.  Members of Obama’s team had been on the ground in Ohio for years.  They knew the state intimately.  Obama had at least 130 offices there, plus 500 or so staging areas for volunteers.  He had almost 700 staffers on the Ohio payroll alone.  Thousands of volunteers contacted voters.”

John Sousa continues, “Why did Obama have 700 staffers and 130 offices, while Romney had just a skeleton organization?  The answer is that the Obama team worked for more than three years raising funds, building software, and creating a powerful grassroots organization.  The 2016 election will be an exact replay of 2012 if the Republican candidate does not have a powerful grassroots organization bound together by state-of-the-art software.  And, if the candidate doesn’t do it, someone else must.  That someone else is the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.”

“The work of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee is just in its infancy.  However, we have raised more than $1 million from thousands of contributors and we have many thousands volunteers nationwide with more signing up each and every day.”

“In order for the Committee to succeed and in order for Dr. Carson to win in 2016, we must have the active support and help of every American who wants to elect Dr. Ben Carson President in 2016.” 

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